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Definition of replicate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    replicate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈreplɪkeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈreplɪkeɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they replicate
    BrE BrE//ˈreplɪkeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈreplɪkeɪt//
     
    he / she / it replicates
    BrE BrE//ˈreplɪkeɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈreplɪkeɪts//
     
    past simple replicated
    BrE BrE//ˈreplɪkeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈreplɪkeɪtɪd//
     
    past participle replicated
    BrE BrE//ˈreplɪkeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈreplɪkeɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form replicating
    BrE BrE//ˈreplɪkeɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈreplɪkeɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] replicate something (formal) to copy something exactly synonym duplicate Subsequent experiments failed to replicate these findings. The format of the seminar day will be replicated in each Sports Council region.
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] replicate (itself) (specialist) (of a virus or a molecule) to produce exact copies of itself The drug prevents the virus from replicating itself.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘repeat’): from Latin replicat-, from the verb replicare, from re- ‘back, again’ + plicare ‘to fold’. The current senses date from the late 19th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: replicate